Management Board of Northern Horizon Capital AS has approved the unaudited consolidated interim financial statements of Baltic Horizon Fund (the Fund) for the first nine months of 2022.
Net result and net rental income
The Group recorded a net profit of EUR 6.1 million for Q1–Q3 2022 against a net loss of EUR 6.9 million for Q1-Q3 2021. The net result was mainly driven by strong recovery of the Galerija Centrs operating performance as fewer COVID-19 rent reliefs have been granted to tenants in 2022 and increased rent indexation. The net result for Q1-Q3 2021 was significantly impacted by the one-off negative valuation result of EUR 14.3 million. Meanwhile in Q1-Q3 2022, the valuation resulted in a net fair value gain of EUR 0.2 million (+0.1% of portfolio value). The positive impact of the increase in net rental income was also supplemented by a decrease in administrative expenses and a grant of EUR 0.3 million received from the Latvian government. Earnings per unit for Q1-Q3 2022 were EUR 0.05 (Q1-Q3 2021: EUR -0.06).
The Group earned net rental income of EUR 13.0 million in Q1-Q3 2022 compared to 13.2 million in Q1-Q3 2021. The results for Q1-Q3 2021 still included EUR 0.9 million of net rental income from G4S Headquarters, which was sold in Q4 2021 and did not contribute to Q1-Q3 2022 results. Rent indexations and the recovery of income improved the net rental income of the same portfolio mix (like-for-like portfolio). On an EPRA like-for-like basis, portfolio net rental income increased by 5.9% year on year, mainly due to higher performance in the retail segment, especially in Galerija Centrs.
Retail assets still have not fully recovered from decreased occupancy levels caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Assuming the recovery of Fund’s central retail assets to pre-COVID levels and successful leasing progress on the first tower of Meraki, the portfolio yield could reach 6.5%-7.0%.
Distributions to unitholders for Q1 2022, Q2 2022 and Q3 2022 Fund results
On 28 April 2022, the Fund declared a cash distribution of EUR 1,555 thousand (EUR 0.013 per unit) to the Fund unitholders for Q1 2022 results. This represents a 1.17% return on the weighted average Q1 2022 net asset value to its unitholders.
On 28 July 2022, the Fund declared a cash distribution of EUR 1,555 thousand (EUR 0.013 per unit) to the Fund unitholders for Q2 2022 results. This represents a 1.17% return on the weighted average Q2 2022 net asset value to its unitholders.
Cash distributions for Q3 2022 and Q4 2022 results will be announced together at the beginning of 2023.
|EUR ’000||Q3 2021||Q4 2021||Q1 2022||Q2 2022||Q3 2022|
|(+) Net rental income||4,676||3,798||4,193||4,482||4,298|
|(-) Fund administrative expenses||(735)||(633)||(659)||(726)||(752)|
|(-) External interest expenses||(1,407)||(1,408)||(1,372)||(1,403)||(1,441)|
|(-) CAPEX expenditure1||(38)||(222)||(266)||(369)||(247)|
|(+) Extraordinary income related to investment properties2||–||440||–||261||–|
|(+) Added back listing related expenses||–||–||–||–||–|
|(+) Added back acquisition related expenses||9||32||1||5||–|
|Generated net cash flow (GNCF)||2,505||2,007||1,897||2,250||1,858|
|GNCF per weighted unit (EUR)||0.021||0.017||0.016||0.019||0.016|
|12-months rolling GNCF yield3 (%)||7.0%||6.8%||7.6%||8.0%||9.4%|
|Dividends declared for the period||2,034||2,273||1,555||1,555||–|
|Dividends declared per unit4 (EUR)||0.017||0.019||0.013||0.013||–|
|12-months rolling dividend yield3 (%)||4.5%||5.4%||6.3%||6.9%||–|
- The table provides actual capital expenditures for the quarter. Future dividend distributions to unitholders are aimed to be based on the annual budgeted capital expenditure plans equalised for each quarter. This will reduce the quarterly volatility of cash distributions to unitholders.
- 12-month rolling GNCF and dividend yields are based on the closing market price of the unit as at the end of the quarter (Q3 2022: closing market price of the unit as of 30 September 2022).
- Based on the number of units entitled to dividends.
Completion of Europa SC reconstruction
The Europa SC refurbishment project was fully completed in Q3 2022. Reconstruction works started in September 2021 with the aim to finish reconstruction in two stages. The first stage was completed with the opening of the fully leased out food hall Dialogai (900 sq. m) on 24 January 2022. The interior of the ground floor passage, the lounge zones, an amphitheatre, the bakery zone and new escalators from the ground to the 3rd floor were completed in Q1 and Q2 2022, while the shop fronts, the elevator change and final fit-out works on the 2nd and 3rd floors were completed in Q3 2022. Reopening of the Europa SC took place on 8 September 2022.
Completion of the first Meraki office building
The Fund completed the first stage in the construction of the modern office building Meraki in September 2022 adjacent to the Fund’s Domus Pro complex. The first stage included the construction of the first Meraki office tower and the underground parking house for the entire asset. The first tower was already commissioned for rental activities in Q3 2022. In total, 8,133 sq. m of net leasable area can be offered to tenants in the first tower. The Funds aims to receive the BREEAM “Excellent” certification for the completed building.
In Q3 2022, Baltic Horizon received the GRESB 4 star rating for the first time, exceeding its initial goal of 3 stars. In addition, for the first time Baltic Horizon received an A-rating in the 2022 GRESB Public Disclosure Report. The GRESB Real Estate Assessment is an investor-driven global ESG benchmark and reporting framework for listed property companies, private property funds, developers and investors that invest directly in real estate. The achievement of GRESB ratings confirms the Fund’s continuous efforts in the ESG field.
Gross Asset Value (GAV)
At the end of Q3 2022, the Fund’s GAV was EUR 349.2 million (31 December 2021: EUR 346.3 million), 0.8% higher than at the end of the previous period. The increase is mainly related to a positive property revaluation of EUR 0.2 million and capital investments (EUR 5.7 million) in the Meraki office building development project during Q1-Q3 2022. An additional EUR 4.5 million was invested in other (re)development projects.
Net Asset Value (NAV)
At the end of Q3 2022, the Fund’s NAV slightly increased to EUR 135.7 million (31 December 2021: EUR 132.6 million). Compared to the year-end 2021 NAV, the Fund’s NAV increased by 2.4%. The increase in operational performance, portfolio valuations and positive cash flow hedge reserve movement of EUR 2.4 million over the period was partially offset by a EUR 5.4 million dividend distribution to the unitholders. As of 30 September 2022, IFRS NAV per unit rose to EUR 1.1345 (31 December 2021: EUR 1.1082), while EPRA net tangible assets and EPRA net reinstatement value grew to EUR 1.2071 per unit (31 December 2021: EUR 1.1884). EPRA net disposal value was EUR 1.1299 per unit (31 December 2021: EUR 1.1086).
The Baltic Horizon Fund portfolio consists of 15 cash flow generating investment properties in the Baltic capitals. At the end of Q3 2022, the fair value of the Fund’s portfolio was EUR 338.6 million (31 December 2021: EUR 327.4 million) and incorporated a total net leasable area of 151,401 sq. m. The first tower of the Meraki office building was commissioned in September 2022, which added additional area to the Fund’s portfolio.
Interest-bearing loans and bonds
Interest-bearing loans and bonds (excluding lease liabilities) were EUR 198.3 million, remaining at a level similar to year-end 2021 (31 December 2021: EUR 198.6 million). Outstanding bank loans decreased slightly due to regular bank loan amortisation. Annual loan amortisation accounts for 0.3% of total debt outstanding.
Cash inflow from core operating activities for Q1-Q3 2022 amounted to EUR 10.8 million (Q1-Q3 2021: cash inflow of EUR 9.7 million). Cash outflow from investing activities was EUR 11.1 million (Q1-Q3 2021: cash outflow of EUR 4.0 million) due to subsequent capital expenditure on existing portfolio properties and investments in the Meraki, Postimaja and CC Plaza complex and Europa development projects. Cash outflow from financing activities was EUR 10.9 million (Q1-Q3 2021: cash outflow of EUR 4.4 million). During Q1-Q3 2022, the Fund made a cash distribution of EUR 5.4 million, paid regular interest on bank loans and bonds and paid premiums on interest rate caps. At the end of Q3 2022, the Fund’s consolidated cash and cash equivalents amounted to EUR 4.9 million (31 December 2021: EUR 16.1 million). Operating costs are fully covered by cash flows generated by rental activities.
Key earnings figures
|EUR ‘000||Q3 2022||Q3 2021||Change (%)|
|Net rental income||4,298||4,676||(8.1%)|
|Other operating income||–||4||(100.0%)|
|Valuation losses on investment properties||(14)||(5)||(180.0%)|
|Net financing costs||(1,502)||(1,470)||(2.2%)|
|Profit before tax||2,030||2,470||(17.8%)|
|Net profit for the period||1,898||2,343||(19.0%)|
|Weighted average number of units outstanding (units)||119,635,429||119,635,429||–|
|Earnings per unit (EUR)||0.02||0.02||–|
Key financial position figures
|EUR ‘000||30.09.2022||31.12.2021||Change (%)|
|Investment properties in use||338,638||315,959||7.2%|
|Investment property under construction||–||11,400||(100.0%)|
|Gross asset value (GAV)||349,181||346,338||0.8%|
|Interest-bearing loans and bonds||198,282||198,571||(0.1%)|
|IFRS Net asset value (IFRS NAV)||135,724||132,584||2.4%|
|EPRA Net Reinstatement Value (EPRA NRV)||144,413||142,176||1.6%|
|Number of units outstanding (units)||119,635,429||119,635,429||–|
|IFRS Net asset value (IFRS NAV) per unit (EUR)||1.135||1.1082||2.4%|
|EPRA Net Reinstatement Value (EPRA NRV) per unit (EUR)||1.2071||1.1884||1.6%|
|Loan-to-Value ratio (%)||59.1%||60.7%||–|
|Average effective interest rate (%)||2.8%||2.7%||–|
During Q3 2022, the average actual occupancy of the portfolio was 92.5% (Q2 2022: 93.4%). The occupancy rate as of 30 September 2022 was 90.0% (30 June 2022: 93.3%). The overall occupancy rate in the portfolio decreased due to the completion of the development of the first tower of the Meraki building. The first tenants moved to the premises in September 2022. As of September 2022, the occupancy rate of the portfolio, excluding the impact of the Meraki building, increased to 93.8%. Increasing occupancy figures were supplemented with new leases in the Europa SC and the Pirita SC. The Europa SC leased almost 500 sq. m to the Lithuanian Red cross which moved into the premises in Q3 2022. Consumer electronics retailer Avitelos prekyba opened its shop of approx. 460 sq. m and added electronic goods products to the product mix offered in the shopping centre.
Occupancy rates in the office segment were strongly impacted by the completed Meraki office development. The building was commissioned in September with an occupancy rate of 23.4%. Excluding the Meraki building, the office segment remained strong at around 97.6% occupancy during Q3 2022. Most remaining vacancies were temporary as lease agreements have been signed and tenants will be moving in soon. Vainodes I and North Star are now fully occupied. The Fund’s retail and office leasing teams were expanded in 2022 to speed up the leasing process.
The Fund is having in-depth negotiations with potential anchor tenants for the shopping centres. Many leases in the portfolio were prolonged during Q2 and Q3 2022 resulting in a significantly increased Fund’s WAULT. The average direct property yield during Q3 2022 was 5.0% (Q2 2022: 5.3%). The net initial yield for the whole portfolio for Q3 2022 was 5.3% (Q2 2022: 5.6%). Property yields decreased compared to Q2 2022 after an increase in unrecovered property costs due to surging energy prices in the Baltics.
Overview of the Fund’s investment properties as of 30 September 2022
|Property name||Sector|| Fair value1
| Direct property yield
| Net initial yield
|Domus Pro Retail Park||Retail||16,543||11,226||7.9%||7.5%||98.5%|
|Domus Pro Office||Office||8,010||4,830||8.3%||6.7%||97.3%|
|Upmalas Biroji BC||Office||21,979||10,459||6.3%||6.9%||98.8%|
|Postimaja & CC Plaza complex||Retail||27,082||9,232||3.6%||4.7%||95.6%|
|Postimaja & CC Plaza complex||Leisure||14,525||8,664||8.1%||6.6%||100.0%|
- Based on the latest valuation as of 30 June 2022, subsequent capital expenditure and recognised right-of-use assets,
- Direct property yield (DPY) is calculated by dividing annualized NOI by the acquisition value and subsequent capital expenditure of the property.
- The net initial yield (NIY) is calculated by dividing annualized NOI by the market value of the property.
- The Fund completed the development of the first tower of Meraki building in September 2022. Rental income will be received starting from October 2022. Initial rental costs were recognised in September 2022.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF PROFIT OR LOSS AND OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
|EUR ‘000||01.07.2022-30.09.2022||01.07.2021- 30.09.2021||01.01.2022-30.09.2022|| 01.01.2021-
|Service charge income||1,362||1,271||4,007||3,697|
|Cost of rental activities||(2,416)||(1,927)||(6,456)||(5,335)|
|Net rental income||4,298||4,676||12,973||13,206|
|Other operating income||–||4||278||4|
|Valuation gains (losses) on investment properties||(14)||(5)||158||(14,264)|
|Operating profit (loss)||3,532||3,940||11,272||(3,290)|
|Net financial expenses||(1,502)||(1,470)||(4,462)||(4,221)|
|Profit (loss) before tax||2,032||2,470||6,812||(7,511)|
|Income tax charge||(132)||(127)||(673)||632|
|Profit (loss) for the period||1,898||2,343||6,137||(6,879)|
|Other comprehensive income that is or may be reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods|
|Net gain on cash flow hedges||1,308||168||2,604||619|
|Income tax relating to net gain (loss) on cash flow hedges||(102)||(3)||(217)||(34)|
|Other comprehensive income, net of tax, that is or may be reclassified to profit or loss in subsequent periods||1,206||165||2,387||585|
|Total comprehensive income (expense) for the period, net of tax||3,104||2,508||8,524||(6,294)|
|Basic and diluted earnings per unit (EUR)||0.02||0.02||0.05||(0.06)|
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
|Investment property under construction||–||11,400|
|Property, plant and equipment||2||2|
|Derivative financial instruments||2,126||–|
|Other non-current assets||–||23|
|Total non-current assets||340,773||327,393|
|Trade and other receivables||2,746||2,708|
|Derivative financial instruments||301||–|
|Cash and cash equivalents||4,854||16,100|
|Total current assets||8,408||18,945|
|Paid in capital||145,200||145,200|
|Cash flow hedge reserve||1,558||(829)|
|Interest-bearing loans and borrowings||82,836||157,471|
|Deferred tax liabilities||7,170||6,297|
|Derivative financial instruments||–||756|
|Other non-current liabilities||1,335||1,103|
|Total non-current liabilities||91,341||165,627|
|Interest-bearing loans and borrowings||115,992||41,676|
|Trade and other payables||5,369||5,223|
|Income tax payable||1||5|
|Derivative financial instruments||5||109|
|Other current liabilities||749||1,114|
|Total current liabilities||122,116||48,127|
|Total equity and liabilities||349,181||346,338|
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The Fund is a registered contractual public closed-end real estate fund that is managed by Alternative Investment Fund Manager license holder Northern Horizon Capital AS. Both the Fund and the Management Company are supervised by the Estonian Financial Supervision Authority.
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